Free and cheap things to do in Miami - Aug. 1-3

 

Miami on the Cheap has the scoop on the budget-friendly fun in South Florida this weekend.

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By Josie Gulliksen and Teresa Mears

Stretch out the neck muscles for stargazing time at the planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s rooftop observatory and pack your poncho for a water-logged performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Friday night, hop on and off the trolley through Downtown Coral Gables to gaze at plenty of art and sip on wine. If edgier art is your thing, head over the causeway Saturday evening to stroll on Lincoln Road and drop in on working artists at the ArtCenter South Florida studios.

Miami on the Cheap has a list of 24 free or cheap things to do with kids in South Florida this summer.  Fort Lauderdale has a list of free things to do with kids and deals in Broward.

Cheap seats for ‘H2ombre’ at Arsht
Prepare to be immersed in the theatrical experience that is “H2ombre” at the Adrienne Arsht Center, a 360-degree interactive show that takes audience participation to new levels. Water is the star of the show, seemingly shooting out of actors’ hands and chests while other performers are enmeshed in fabric both on stage and in the air. Even better, you can enter a daily drawing for $25 same-day rush tickets for each performance through Aug. 31.

Coral Gables Gallery Night
Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve checked out the galleries around Coral Gables, which are the mecca for Latin American art, so why not board the trolley for a wine-enhanced cultural evening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday? The Americas Collection and ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries are the area’s pioneers, but also check out the striking landscape photography at Nelson Tirado Fine Art.

Fabulous First Friday
The planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is usually a late night haunt for trippy laser light shows. But the first Friday evening of every month, the science museum swings the doors open for free and presents an early star show at 7 p.m. Stick around because from 8 to 10:30 p.m. you can climb up to the rooftop for an observatory viewing of the real night sky.

Flash your card, get in free
The Bank of America card is a handy gadget to have if you’re a cultural guru, especially on the first weekend of the month, which this one just happens to be. Flash your card and get in free to a host of museums around the city Saturday and Sunday, including the Perez Art Museum Miami, Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Coconut Grove and the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. In Broward County, you can get free admission to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach. It's all part of the bank's Museums on Us program.

Get a jump and discount on school supplies   
To think that the beginning of the school year is just a few weeks away could be seen as both good and bad news for some parents. Earlier wake-up times and school zones are back, but this is the weekend (Friday through Sunday) to take advantage of school supply and uniform sales. Tax-free items include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies $15 or less and the first $750 of personal computer and accessory purchases.

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